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Supreme Court doesn’t act on gay marriage cases

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David Demirbilek Contributor
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Following a private conference Friday, the Supreme Court did not give any indication as to whether it would take on any of the ten same-sex marriage cases up for possible review.

According to docket information, the Court was to review the ten cases in Friday’s conference to decide whether to grant cert to hear them.

Although the Court made no announcement on Friday, silence does not equate to a refusal to hear the cases.

Given the complexity of the subject matter and the fact that the Court must choose among ten cases, Friday’s inaction may simply indicate the justices require more time to consider the matter, a practice not unknown to the Court.

Monday morning will be the next opportunity for the Court to pronounce publicly which cases, if any, it will take.

Of the ten same-sex marriage cases seeking cert at the Court, eight involve challenges to the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), one involves a challenge to an Arizona law denying health insurance benefits to the spouses of state employees, and the final one involves the challenge to California’s Proposition 8 banning same-sex marriage.

The Court did agree on Friday to hear two cases. One involves the highly controversial issue of gene patents–in this case, the patenting of genes extracted from the human body–and the second revolves around the legal protections afforded to generic drug manufacturers.

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